The 23rd Frances Tustin Memorial Lectureship

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The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust

06 November 2020

Time: 06:30 - 12:45

Price: 50 USD

Location: online


The Tel Aviv University FRANCES TUSTIN Sackler Faculty of Medicine Memorial Trust and Program of Psychotherapy invite you to attend the 23rd Annual Frances Tustin Memorial Lectureship that will take place on Friday November 06, 2020, between 8:30-14:45 (Israel time) at Tel Aviv University, Dolby Hall and broadcasted through Zoom.

Featuring: Dr. Suzanne Maiello (Rome-Italy)

The first recipient of The Frances Tustin Memorial prize (1997)

Dr. Suzanne Maiello is a Psychoanalyst and Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapist. She is a founder member and Past President of AIPPI (Italian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy); a member of the AIPA/IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology) and of the ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists, Tavistock Section, UK). She is on the Faculty of the AIPPI Postgraduate Training in Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy, Rome and Milan, of the Master’s program in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies, Tavistock/University of Essex and of the Postgraduate Training in Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy, Istanbul. Between 1978-1980 she was in supervision with Frances Tustin (treatment of an autistic child). In 1997 she was the recipient of the first International Frances Tustin Memorial Prize. She is editor and co-author of books and author of over 100 publications in the leading journals of psychoanalytic child psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. She is a member of the International Advisory Boards of European psychoanalytic journals. She lives and practices in Rome, Italy.

Program Schedule:

8:30-10:30 – First part – Chair: Alina Schellekes (Chair of The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust)

Opening remarks: Alina Schellekes

Dr. Merav Roth – Chair of The Psychotherapy Program, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Filmed Interview with Frances Tustin

In February 1992 Prof. Didier Houzel (France), the recipient of the Frances Tustin Memorial Prize in 2002, interviewed Frances Tustin at her home. This historical and fascinating interview, made a year and a half before Tustin’s death, is presented now for the first time to an international audience and offers a rare opportunity to experience Tustin’s special personality as expressed in the way she portrays her personal life, her analysis with Bion and the development of her clinical and theoretical ideas.

Discussion of the interview
Discussants: Dr. Suzanne Maiello and Prof. Yolanda Gampel (clinical psychologist, training and supervising psychoanalyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society)

10:30–11:00 – Coffee/Zoom break

11:00–12:30 – Second part – Chair: Joshua (Shuki) Durban (clinical psychologist, training and supervising psychoanalyst, Israel Psychoanalytic Society)

Lecture: Dr. Suzanne Maiello – On the Absence of Bodily Awareness in Autistic Children

The lecture’s abstract: The infant’s primary experiences have a bodily quality. The sense of identity, which develops in the reciprocity of interpersonal exchanges with his human environment, is deeply rooted in the body.
In autistic states, the absence of any relationship with the external world, which implies the withdrawal from all dimensions of reality and relatedness, is inevitably mirrored in the child’s relation with his body. The elimination of all forms of connectedness includes the elimination of the sense of existing as a psycho-physical entity, of using and of inhabiting one’s body. The autistic child cannot bear any perception of existing as a separate individual. This entails the impossibility for the body to become a ‘solid’ identifiable entity, since the process of ‘solidification’ would lead to the perception of being separate and no longer indistinctly and omnipotently fused with the environment. The defensive strategies of many autistic children consist in withdrawing from this solidification process at deep psycho-physical levels.
The clinical histories of two autistic children show the gradual growth of their capacity to experience their bodily existence in space and time and to apprehend their psycho-physical reality. The child’s discovery of his own body and the experience of being solidly contained in another human being’s attention is the prerequisite for the constitution of a three-dimensional psychophysical container, indispensibe for the onset of projective and introjective mental processes.

Discussion with the audience will be led by Joshua (Shuki) Durban

12:30–13:00 – Lunch/zoom break (a light lunch will be served to participants at the university)

13:00–14:45 – Third part – Chair: Joel Miller (Vice-chair of The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust, supervising clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst at Israel Psychoanalytic Society)

Clinical case presentation

Presenter: Hagit Cohen Yeshurun (supervising clinical psychologist)
Discussant: Dr. Suzanne Maiello

Closing Remarks – Alina Schellekes

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